Construction Craft Laborers

The members of LIUNA are experienced Construction Craft Laborers (CCL), relying on a diverse set of skills performed on a wide variety of jobsites.  As one of the most valued trade workers in the construction industry, Laborers possess skill sets that encompass almost every facet of commercial and industrial work.  From buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, and utilities, to renovation and demolition, to remediating hazardous materials and substances, Laborers are known as the first trade on the job and the last to leave.

The Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship program involves 4000 hours of paid on the job training and 432 hours of unpaid training classes. The classes are held between September and May each year. You will receive scheduled raises in pay as you complete each year of schooling in addition to 1000 hours of work.

The apprenticeship program is not a guarantee of work in this industry, as the industry is seasonal and dependent upon economic conditions. Openings for the Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship are advertised from time to time at this web-site.

Benefits of a Career as a Construction Craft Laborer:

WAGES – The wages for a Union Laborer allows one to raise a family with a decent standard of living. Currently, the wage rate for a journeyman laborer is $25.79 per hour. The Apprentice wage rate for a laborer with limited experience would start out at $15.47 per hour. Depending upon one’s level of experience, one would begin at a wage rate between $15.47 and $25.79 per hour.

HEALTH INSURANCE –The Insurance Fund is designed to provide eligible members and dependents with quality health and welfare benefits.  These benefits include medical, prescription, vision, death, and short-term disability coverage. 

PENSION BENEFITS – The Laborers’ pension fund has provided retirement benefits for its members for over 40 years.  It is a well-funded plan that has achieved a “Green Zone” certification every year and pays out approximately $10 million a month to retired members and beneficiaries.  The pension plan is funded by employer contributions; members do not contribute to the Fund.

TRAINING – Apprentice training is provided so that one can become familiar with a diverse set of skills rather than just one type of work. These additional skills will improve one’s chances of getting and keeping work in the construction industry. Even after completion of apprentice training, upgrade training is offered to journeymen to keep one’s skills up-to-date.

COLLEGE CREDIT – The program combines apprenticeship with potential college study. Apprentices are “dually enrolled” in the apprentice program and receive college credit to recognize the achievement of those who successfully complete their apprenticeship program. This is a way to expand one’s career options in the Building/Masonry/Heavy Highway industry.